Bonbright Streamer Fly

Hook: Partridge Heritage Streamer Hook #2 9x

Thread: White 6/0 Tail: Golden pheasant crest sweeping up then 2 long narrow sections of white and red married duck quill one with the white on top and the other with red on top

Body: Silver flat tinsel

Rib: Silver oval tinsel

Throat: White hackle fibers Wing: 4 long neck hackles Shoulder: Golden pheasant nearly as long as the wing then red duck breast

Eye: Jungle cock nail

Horns: Blue macaw tail fibers

Head: Black

Larry’s Special Carrie Stevens pattern

Bonbright Streamer Fly. Lots of history with this fly pattern. Here I tied it as Bert Quimby’s adaptation which he called the Ross McKenney. The Bonbright was originally a fly tied for salt water and was an adaptation of the Colonel White Streamer. The Bonbright was a tarpon fly developed by G. D. B. Bonbright. It is one of Maine’s earliest salmon flies after L. Dana Chapman adapted it for the Maine waters, he called his adaptation the Dana. Joseph Bates used his own adaptation of the Dana fishing with a guide named Ross McKenny on the Allagash in the 1930s. Bates shared the pattern with his guide and the next year it showed up in Bert Quimby’s catalog under the name the Ross McKenney streamer. Lots of names, history and most likely little minor changes. Here tied on a Partridge Heritage Streamer Hook using Ewingfeatherbirds hackles and topped off Solarez Bone Dry

Scott A. Biron

Scott A Biron

Scott Biron cut his teeth learning to tie flies and fly fish back in the1960s in the North County of New Hampshire. He has fished many of the streams north of Route 26 in NH and his favorite the Androscoggin River. Scott is an active fly tying instructor for NH Fish & Game and is popular tying and instructing in national, international and regional shows. He was awarded a 2017 NH Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant and studied fly tying including Traditional New England Streamer patterns and progressed to Classic Salmon Flies. Since then he has become a Master Artist in the Traditional Arts Program. He had an apprentice working under him during 2021.  Scott has a strong interest in historical NH fly tyers and their lost patterns and has published, researched, instructed as well as demonstrated many of these lost NH fly patterns. He enjoys instructing individuals of all ages in the art of fly tying and is known for including the history of these tyers and their flies in his instruction. Scott is considered an expert on large group instruction and offers dozens of classes year round. Each year he is an volunteer instructor at NH Fish & Game's Camp Barry's Fish Camp where he instructs over 50 campers in fly tying and fly fishing. Scott is a member of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild, an Ambassador for the American Museum of Fly Fishing.  He is a regular contributor to the Fly Dressers Guild Journal and the NH Wildlife Journal.  Scott is on the Partridge of Redditch, Sprite Hooks, Cortland, Riversmith and Ewing Feather Birds Pro Teams.  He is on the Ambassador Pro Team for HMH Vises. Ewing has come out with a signature series line of feathers under Scott’s name. 

New London, New Hampshire USA

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